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Gottlieb and Bodansky Family Papers

Creator:
Bodansky, Lony Gottlieb  Search this
Gottlieb, Camilla Klaber, 1884-1964  Search this
Bodansky, Harry  Search this
Gottlieb, Hermann, 1875-1943  Search this
Extent:
1.5 Cubic feet (4 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Place:
Theresienstadt (concentration camp)
Date:
1901-1981, undated
Summary:
The Gottlieb and Bodansky family papers are a collection of correspondence, immigration material, photographs, and ephemera related to the family of Hermann and Camilla Gottlieb and their daughter Lony Gottlieb Bodansky. Hermann and Camilla were interred at Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Nazi government during World War II.
Scope and Contents:
The Gottlieb and Bodansky family papers are a collection of letters, diaries, immigration material, photographs, and ephemera related to the family of Herman and Camilla Gottlieb and their daughter Lony Gottlieb Bodansky and her husband Harry Bodansky. Herman and Camilla were interned at Theresienstadt by the Nazis during World War II. Herman died in 1943 while at Terezin and Camilla survived and immigrated to the United States in 1946. Lony Gottlieb and Harry Bodansky immigrated to the United States in 1938. The greatest portion of the materials in all series and subseries are written in German.

The collection is divided into two series. Each series is arranged by subject and chronologically at the folder level beginning with correspondence arranged by date then followed by other materials arranged chronologically and within each folder chronologically:

Series 1, Camilla Klauber Gottlieb Papers, 1901-1981, undated, is arranged into two subseries: Subseries 1, Purse Contents, 1901-1981, undated and Subseries 2, Papers, 1937-1964, undated.

Subseries 1, Purse Contents, 1901-1981, undated, is arranged with loose purse papers first, then United States War Department Envelope (WDE) documents (in ten folders), then the envelope marked "Mia" envelope (in one folder), all the contents of Camilla's purse. Each grouping begins with correspondence. The correspondence is between relatives and friends in the United States, Germany, Austria, and Palestine (later Israel). In addition to correspondence, this subseries also contains diaries, documents related to Hermann Gottlieb; financial, medical, education, immigration, and employment materials as well as photographs. The one item dated "1981" is a document that was produced earlier but carries dates up to 1981.

Subseries 2, Papers, 1937-1964, undated, contains papers relating to the Gottlieb family but that were not contained within the purse. The subseries begins with correspondence arranged chronologically and then with documents arranged chronologically. In addition to correspondence this series contains a diary for Camilla; obituary files for both Camillia and Hermann, immigration documents, travel papers, financial, loose photographs consisting of snapshots as well as formal portraits and passport photographs, and one photograph album with small snapshots of Camilla, family, and scenery.

Series 2, Bodansky Family, 1933-1964, undated, is arranged chronologically with correspondence heading the series. This series contains material about and generated by Lony Gottlieb Bodansky and her husband Harry Bodansky. The series contains correspondence, diaries, schooling, medical, immigration and travel documents for Lony; immigration materials related to their sustained efforts to secure Camilla Gottlieb status in the United States; financial material; news clippings (obituaries, fashion and a few German language items); ephemera; documents related to Harry Bodansky's efforts on behalf of Gerard T. Oschinsky's desire to immigrate to the United States; one photograph album with unidentified snapshot photographs of Lony and Harry as well as other friends and/or family members taken circa 1930s-1940s. There are also photographs taken at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into two series.

Series 1, Camilla Klauber Gottlieb Papers, 1901-1981, undated

Subseries 1, Purse contents, 1901-1981, undated

Subseries 2, Papers, 1937-1964, undated

Series 2, Bodansky Family Papers, 1933-1964, undated
Biographical / Historical:
Camilla Klauber Gottlieb (1884-1964), nickname "Mia", was born on December 10, 1884 in Vienna, Austria to Ludwig and Caroline Hirsch Klauber. She married Hermann Gottlieb (1875-1943) on August 15, 1918 in Vienna. They had one child, Lony (1919-1970). During the rise of the Nazi government in Germany, efforts were repeatedly made by their daughter, Lony, the Klauber relations in the United States, and Harry Bodansky and his family to secure Camilla and Harry's immigration to the United States. These efforts failed. During World War II, Camilla and her husband were interned in Theresienstadt concentration camp by the Nazi government. Hermann died while in Theresienstadt of natural causes. Camilla was at last allowed to immigrate to the United States in 1946. After her immigration to the United States Camilla lived in New York City with Lony and her son-in-law Harry Bodansky (1919-2009). For a time Camilla worked at home as a hand embroiderer sewing insignia on sweaters and scarves for G.A. Embroidery Company of New York. She moved with her family when they relocated to Kensington, Maryland in 1952. Camillia died in Maryland in 1964 and was interred in the Adas Israel Cemetery in Kensington.

At some point, Camilla acquired a purse. She used this purse as a defacto file cabinet at least until 1952. Within this purse she kept all of the documents detailed in Series 1, Subseries 1.

Harry Bodansky was born on March 19, 1919 in Berlin, Germany and with the rise of Adolf Hitler he and his family moved to Vienna, Austria. He and Lony Gottlieb both attended the same school in Vienna, Austria. Lony immigrated to the United States in 1938. Harry, his parents and brother Ralph had also immigrated to the United States in 1938. Lony and Harry married in 1943 and lived in New York, New York. Harry attended the City College of New York and obtained a degree in economics. He received his master's in economics from Columbia University. He reportedly sold purse handles before becoming a writer on business and economics for a German language publication. The Bodanskys moved to Kensington, Maryland in 1952 when Harry accepted a job with the Commerce Department. They had two sons, Harvey and Robert. Lony died in 1970 and Harry died on May 21, 2009 and was interred in the Adas Israel Cemetery in Kensington.

References

"Harry Bodansky, economist, activist, 90", obituary, Washington Jewish Week, May 27, 2009.

"Mr. Harry Bodansky", obituary, Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc., website, accessed January 31, 2012.
Related Materials:
Objects related to this acquisition, Camilla's purse, clothing, jewelry, examples of her embroidery, and other objects are housed in the Division of Home and Community Life. See accesion #: 2011.0164.01-2011.0164.48.
Provenance:
Donated to the Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian by Robert Bodansky in August 2011.
Restrictions:
This collection is open for research use. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with cotton gloves.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: reproduction fees may apply. All duplication requests must be reviewed and approved by Archives Center staff.
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945  Search this
Citation:
The Gottlieb and Bodansky Family Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1245
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Gottlieb and Bodansky Family Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1245
Additional Online Media:

50 Kronen, Theresienstadt Concentration Camp & Ghetto, Czechoslovakia, 1943

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7.05 cm x 14.1 cm x .01 cm; 2 25/32 in x 5 9/16 in x in
Object Name:
note
Place made:
Czech Republic: Ústecký Kraj, Terezín
Date made:
1943
ID Number:
2016.0056.007
Accession number:
2016.0056
Catalog number:
2016.0056.007
Serial number:
019649
See more items in:
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1803790

100 Kronen, Theresienstadt Concentration Camp & Ghetto, Czechoslovakia, 1943

Physical Description:
paper (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 7.5 cm x 14.9 cm x .01 cm; 2 15/16 in x 5 7/8 in x in
Object Name:
note
Place made:
Czech Republic: Ústecký Kraj, Terezín
Date made:
1943
ID Number:
2014.0016.007
Accession number:
2014.0016
Catalog number:
2014.0016.007
Serial number:
009623
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Exhibition:
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1591151

Terezin '80 : Beran, Bukovsky, Dolejsek, Janecka, Kovar, Kulhanek, Sozansky

Author:
Beran, Zdeněk 1937-  Search this
Subject:
Beran, Zdeněk 1937-  Search this
Theresienstadt (Concentration camp) In art  Search this
Physical description:
69 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1980
1980?]
20th century
Topic:
Art, Czech  Search this
Concentration camps in art  Search this
Call number:
N6831 .T47 1980
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_813115

In memory's kitchen : a legacy from the women of Terezin / edited by Cara DeSilva ; translation by Bianca Steiner Brown ; foreword by Michael Berenbaum

Author:
DeSilva, Cara  Search this
Subject:
Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)  Search this
Physical description:
xliii, 110 p. : ill ; 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Jewish cooking  Search this
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_823820

Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Vienna 1898-Auschwitz 1944 : the artist who inspired the children's drawings of Terezin / written by Elena Makarova ; international coordinator, Regina Seidman Miller

Title:
Friedl
Author:
Makarova, Elena  Search this
Dicker, Friedl 1898-1944  Search this
Miller, Regina Seidman  Search this
Museum of Tolerance (Simon Wiesenthal Center)  Search this
Subject:
Dicker, Friedl 1899-1944  Search this
Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)  Search this
Physical description:
240 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
Jewish women artists  Search this
Concentration camp inmates as artists  Search this
Call number:
N40.1.D542 M35 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_627567

Seeing through "paradise" : artists and the Terezín concentration camp / organized by Massachusetts College of Art, Boston

Author:
Massachusetts College of Art  Search this
Subject:
Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)  Search this
Physical description:
88 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
In art
Place:
Czech Republic
Date:
1991
C1991
20th century
Topic:
Art, Czech  Search this
Concentration camp inmates as artists  Search this
Call number:
N8251.T37 S44 1991
NC225.S452 1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_654227

Pošta v ghettu Terezín = Die Post im Ghetto Theresienstadt = Mail service in the ghetto Terezín / František Beneš, Patricia Tošnerová

Title:
Post im Ghetto Theresienstadt
Mail service in the ghetto Terezín
Author:
Beneš, František  Search this
Tošnerová, Patricia  Search this
Subject:
Theresienstadt (Concentration camp) History  Search this
Physical description:
343 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Czech Republic
Terezín (Severočeský kraj)
Date:
1996
Topic:
Postal service--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Postal service--History  Search this
Call number:
HE6980.3.Z7 T47 1996
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_497342

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